Officer resigns amid uproar over lack of response to woman's harassment

Officer resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

An Illinois police officer resigned after facing public criticism for not helping a woman who was harassed for wearing a Puerto Rico flag shirt.

"You should not be wearing that in the United States of America", he said. "Are you a citizen?" Irizarry can be heard asking the park police officer, identified as Connor, for help, and telling him she is uncomfortable.

At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them.

In the part of the video that went viral, Connor's voice is never heard and he apparently does nothing.

Rosello also called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to take the matter "into her hands".

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning.

At the hearing, Connor would have had to clarify why he didn't respond to Irizarry's pleas for help as 62-year-old Timothy Trybus berated her.

'We will be looking into this incident as our offices in DC are in contact with local and state authorities, demanding that this officer be expelled from the police force, ' Rosello tweeted on Tuesday.

During the clip, which went on to be viewed almost two million times, Trybus yells at Irizarry that she "should not be wearing that in the United States of America" in reference to her Puerto Rican flag shirt, as well as repeatedly asking if she is an American citizen. "I told him I felt uncomfortable multiple times and he didn't do anything. Are you a United States citizen?" "I do not feel comfortable with him here, is there anything you can do?"

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He has been charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

The officer can then be seen talking to the man who gesticulates back and tells him to "shut the f*** up".

More police arrive and Irizarry says she still doesn't feel safe. The man resumes his abuse, saying: "You're not American, if you were American you wouldn't wear that".

"You don't come here harassing people", the officer continues. "People have just as much right to be here as you and when you're drunk, you don't belong here".

The video has prompted widespread outrage and concern, both over Trybus's harassment of Irizarry and over Connor's failure to intervene.

Irizzary was wearing a shirt made to look like the Puerto Rico flag, with the words "Puerto Rico" written on the top.

He says he was there for a separate incident and notes that she was not being attacked. She said the group politely complied but her Puerto Rico shirt appeared to act as a trigger to the man.

Almost half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, according to polling taken after the island was rocked by a hurricane last September.

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